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[movies]Supernova Explosion - NASA/A. Hobart (CXO)
This animation of a supernova explosion demonstrates what happens when a massive star explodes and creates a shell of hot gas that glows brightly in X-rays. These X-rays reveal the dynamics of the explosion.
Downloads: 3,077
[movies]Swirling Rings of Dust - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC-Caltech)
This animation depicts colliding rocky bodies in an early planetary system. Such collisions form the basis of the planet-building process. New findings from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show that these catastrophes continue to occur around stars even after they have developed full-sized planets, when they are as old as one hundred million years. For reference, our own Sun, at 4.5 billion years old, is far past this late stage of planet formation...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Sun
Downloads: 148
[image]Spitzer Rendered Against an Infrared (100 micron) Sky - NASA/JPL-Caltech
Spitzer Rendered Against an Infrared (100 micron) Sky
Downloads: 10
[movies]Who Ya Gonna Call? - NASA/JPL-Caltech
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is a galactic ghost buster, spotting hidden massive stars and other monsters lurking in our galaxy.
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 53
[movies]Highway to the Danger Zone - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
"The further on the edge, the hotter the intensity," sings Kenny Loggins in "Danger Zone," a song made famous by the movie "Top Gun". The same words ring true for young, cooler stars like our sun that live in the danger zones around scorching hot stars, called O-stars. The closer a young, maverick star happens to be to a super hot O-star, the more likely its burgeoning planets will be blasted into space...
Keywords: What -- Sun; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 123
[movies]Missing Host Galaxies Found in Infrared - NASA/JPL-Caltech/StScI
In a collaborative effort between NASA's three Great Observatories, astronomers have solved a cosmic mystery by identifying some of the oldest and most distant black holes. This animation fades between images taken by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope in the field known as the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey, or GOODS. In the first picture, observations from Chandra show high-energy emissions believed to trace the presence of supermassiv...
Keywords: What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- TRACE; What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 52
[image]Sun and Earth in Scale - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This illustration shows the relative sizes of the Sun and the Earth by placing them impossibly close together.
Keywords: What -- Sun; What -- Earth
Downloads: 22
[movies]Orbit of Sedna - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
This animation shows the location of the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed "Sedna," in relation to the rest of the Solar System. Starting at the inner Solar System, which includes the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars (all in yellow), the view pulls away through the asteroid belt and the orbits of the outer planets beyond (green). Pluto and the distant Kuiper Belt objects are seen next until finally Sedna comes into view...
Keywords: What -- Sedna; What -- Mercury; What -- Venus; What -- Earth; What -- Mars; What -- Pluto; What -- Sun
Downloads: 203
[image]Belt of Dust - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This artist's concept depicts a distant hypothetical solar system, similar to the one recently discovered with the Spitzer Space Telescope [ http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/Media/happenings/20051214/index.shtml ]. In this artist's rendering, a narrow asteroid belt filled with rocks and dusty debris, orbits a star similar to our own Sun when it was approximately 30 million years old (about the time Earth formed)...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Sun; What -- Earth; What -- Saturn; What -- Jupiter
Downloads: 16
[movies]Stars Spring Up Out of the Darkness - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This artist's animation illustrates the universe's early years, from its explosive formation to its dark ages to its first stars and mini-galaxies. Scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found patches of infrared light splattered across the sky that might be the collective glow of clumps of the universe's first objects. Astronomers do not know if these first objects were stars or "quasars," which are black holes voraciously consuming surrounding gas...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Sun; Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Downloads: 488
[image]The Milky Way Center Aglow with Dust - NASA/JPL-Caltech/S. Stolovy (SSC/Caltech)
Our Milky Way is a dusty place. So dusty, in fact, that we cannot see the center of the galaxy in visible light. But when NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope set its infrared eyes on the galactic center, it captured this spectacular view. Taken with just one of Spitzer's cameras (at a wavelength of 8 microns), the image highlights the region's exceptionally bright and dusty clouds, lit up by young massive stars...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Earth; What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST)
Downloads: 35
[movies]Pillars Behind the Dust - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
The movie begins with a visible-light picture of the southern region of our Milky Way galaxy then slowly zooms into the area imaged by NASA's Spitzer Space telescope. The dust pillars are fewer and appear dark in the visible-light view because the dust is soaking up visible light. Spitzer's infrared detectors cut through this dust, allowing it to see the heat from warm, embedded star embryos, as well as deeper, more buried pillars...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Carina; What -- Sun; What -- Earth; Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Downloads: 109
[movies]Sunset on an Alien World - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This artist's animation illustrates what the night sky might look like from a hypothetical alien planet in a star system with an asteroid belt 25 times as massive as the one in our own solar system. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence for such a belt around the nearby star called HD 69830, when its infrared eyes spotted dust, presumably from asteroids banging together. The telescope did not find any evidence for a planet in the system, but astronomers speculate one or more may be prese...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Sun; What -- Dawn; Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Downloads: 379
[movies]The Tarantula Nebula - NASA/JPL-Caltech/B. Brandl (Cornell & University of Leiden) & ESO
NASA's new Spitzer Space Telescope has captured in stunning detail the spidery filaments and newborn stars of the Tarantula Nebula, a rich star-forming region also known as 30 Doradus. In this animation the infrared structures seen by this new observatory are compared with a visible light image from the ground-based European Southern Observatory (ESO) to highlight the power of Spitzer to see what other telescopes cannot...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Visible Light; What -- ESO; What -- TRACE
Downloads: 275
[movies]Icy Dawn of a Newborn Star - C. Dullemond (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg), K. Pontoppidan (Leiden Observatory)
In this animation, we observe what a young star with a circumstellar disc would look like when viewed from different angles. In the first view, the system is tilted in such a way that we look almost straight down on the star. From this angle, light from the star swamps the fainter disc, denying us any information about the dust and gas in its inner, planet-forming region. As our line of sight switches to view the disc edge-on, the star is completely blocked by the dust in the outer region of the...
Keywords: What -- Sun; What -- Dawn
Downloads: 67
[movies]How to Map a Very Faraway Planet (Widescreen Version) - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
Scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope were able to create the first-ever map of the surface of a planet beyond our solar system. The planet, a hot and cloudy gas giant called HD 189733b, is located 60 light-years from Earth in the constellation Vulpecula. It is so far away that even the best telescopes can't distinguish the light of the planet from that of its star. So how did astronomers see this planet's cloudy surface? They used Spitzer's infrared vision to observe the HD 189733 sys...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Earth; What -- Constellation; What -- Vulpecula; What -- Sun; What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 34
[movies]Forming a Planetary Gap - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
Astronomers are using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to probe the structures of circumstellar discs, the dusty discs that surround young stars, to look for the earliest signs of the formation of planetary systems. Examining young stars in the constellation of Taurus known to have such discs, Spitzer's ultra-sensitive infrared spectrograph instrument has detected the clearest evidence to date that an inner gap has formed in the disc surrounding the star CoKu Tau 4...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Constellation; What -- Taurus; What -- Infrared Spectrograph (IRS); What -- Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS)
Downloads: 49
[image]Hidden Black Holes - NASA/JPL-Caltech/Yale
Astronomers have probed the deep sky with NASA's three Great Observatories for hidden black holes and come to the conclusion that most black holes cannot be seen in visible images. The image on the left from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows 1/200 of the full field of sky known as the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey, or GOODS. It highlights three X-ray sources (circled) and many other galaxies...
Keywords: What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 12
[movies]Spitzer's Second Anniversary - NASA/JPL-Caltech
This video looks at the remarkable first two years of the Spitzer mission, which launched on August 25, 2003.
Downloads: 15
[image]Hubble Ultra Deep Field - NASA, ESA, and N. Pirzkal (STScI/ESA)
In this image of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, several objects are identified as the faintest, most compact galaxies ever observed in the distant universe. They are so far away that we see them as they looked less than one billion years after the Big Bang. Blazing with the brilliance of millions of stars, each of the newly discovered galaxies is a hundred to a thousand times smaller than our Milky Way Galaxy...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Downloads: 36
[image]Extreme Planets - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This artist's concept depicts the pulsar planet system discovered by Aleksander Wolszczan in 1992. Wolszczan used the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico to find three planets - the first of any kind ever found outside our solar system - circling a pulsar called PSR B1257+12. Pulsars are rapidly rotating neutron stars, which are the collapsed cores of exploded massive stars. They spin and pulse with radiation, much like a lighthouse beacon...
Keywords: What -- Beacon; What -- Earth; What -- Discovery; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; Where -- Puerto Rico
Downloads: 23
[movies]Invisible Galaxies Come to Life - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This artist's animation demonstrates that an invisible galaxy shrouded in dust can become glaringly bright when viewed in infrared light. The movie begins with a visible-light view, showing a dark blob of a galaxy that is so shrouded in dust it appears invisible. The picture then transitions to what the same region of space might look like in infrared light. A galaxy appears out of the darkness, because its heated dust glows at infrared wavelengths...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 82
[image]Planet X: New Member of our Solar System - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC/Caltech)
This artist's concept shows the planet catalogued as 2003UB313 at the lonely outer fringes of our solar system. Our Sun can be seen in the distance. The new planet, which is yet to be formally named, is at least as big as Pluto and about three times farther away from the Sun than Pluto. It is very cold and dark. The planet was discovered by the Samuel Oschin Telescope at the Palomar Observatory near San Diego, Calif., on Jan...
Keywords: What -- Sun; What -- Pluto
Downloads: 23
[image]Spitzer's Delta II in Visible and Infrared Light - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R.Hurt
This "side-by-side" comparison image shows Spitzer's Delta II rocket in the late afternoon before launch. On the top is a photograph in visible light, while on the bottom is a false-color infrared image showing the launch vehicle in the way Spitzer would see it. The coldest surfaces in the infrared image are blue/black while the hottest ones are yellow/white. The comparison between these two images reveals many interesting features of infrared light...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 7
[image]Missing Black Holes Found! - NASA/JPL-Caltech/E. Daddi (CEA Saclay)
A long-lost population of active supermassive black holes, or quasars, has been uncovered by NASA's Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes. This image, taken with Spitzer's infrared vision, shows a fraction of these black holes, which are located deep in the bellies of distant, massive galaxies (circled in blue). Spitzer originally scanned the field of galaxies shown in the picture as part of a multiwavelength program called the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey, or Goods...
Downloads: 14
[image]Massive Smash-Up at Vega - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This artist concept illustrates how a massive collision of objects, perhaps as large as the planet Pluto, smashed together to create the dust ring around the nearby star Vega. New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope indicate the collision took place within the last one million years. Astronomers think that embryonic planets smashed together, shattered into pieces, and repeatedly crashed into other fragments to create ever finer debris...
Keywords: What -- Pluto; What -- VEGA; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 23
[image]Baby Stars in the Witch Head Nebula - NASA/JPL-Caltech/L.Rebull (SSC/ Caltech)
Eight hundred light-years away in the Orion constellation, a gigantic murky cloud called the "Witch Head" nebula is brewing baby stars. The stellar infants are revealed as pink dots in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Wisps of green in the cloud are carbon-rich molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are found on barbecue grills and in automobile exhaust on Earth. This image was obtained as part of the Spitzer Space Telescope Research Program for Teachers and Stud...
Keywords: What -- Orion; What -- Constellation; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Earth; Where -- United States of America
Downloads: 13
[image]Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 - NASA/JPL-Caltech/D. Cruikshank (NASA Ames) & J. Stansberry (University of Arizona)
NASA's new Spitzer Space Telescope has captured an image of an unusual comet that experiences frequent outbursts, which produce abrupt changes in brightness. Periodic comet Schwassmann-Wachmann I (P/SW-1) has a nearly circular orbit just outside that of Jupiter, with an orbital period of 14.9 years. It is thought that the outbursts arise from the build-up of internal gas pressure as the heat of the Sun slowly evaporates frozen carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide beneath the blackened crust of the...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Jupiter; What -- Sun; What -- COMETS; What -- Earth; What -- Neptune; What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 7
[image]Three Faces of Andromeda - NASA/JPL-Caltech/K. Gordon (University of Arizona)
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured stunning infrared views of the famous Andromeda galaxy to reveal insights that were only hinted at in visible light. Spitzer's 24-micron mosaic (top panel) is the sharpest image ever taken of the dust in another spiral galaxy. This is possible because Andromeda is a close neighbor to the Milky Way at a mere 2.5 million light-years away. The Spitzer multiband imaging photometer's 24-micron detector recorded 11,000 separate snapshots to create this new c...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Andromeda; What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 24
[image]Mini Solar System in the Making - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This artist's concept shows a brown dwarf surrounded by a swirling disk of planet-building dust. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope spotted such a disk around a surprisingly low-mass brown dwarf, or "failed star."¯_ The brown dwarf, called OTS 44, is only 15 times the size of Jupiter, making it the smallest brown dwarf known to host a planet-forming, or protoplanetary disk. Astronomers believe that this unusual system will eventually spawn planets...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- OTS; What -- Jupiter; What -- Earth
Downloads: 22
[image]Rings Around the Galaxy - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
Three newly-discovered streams arcing high over the Milky Way Galaxy are remnants of cannibalized galaxies and star clusters. The streams are between 13,000 and 130,000 light-years distant from Earth and extend over much of the northern sky. Two of the newly discovered streams are almost certainly the remains of ancient star clusters. Known to astronomers as globular clusters, these giant stellar cities contain between tens of thousands and millions of stars...
Keywords: What -- Earth; Where -- Milky Way Galaxy; Where -- dwarf galaxy
Downloads: 28
[image]Pink Pleiades - NASA/JPL-Caltech/J. Stauffer (SSC/Caltech)
The Seven Sisters, also known as the Pleiades star cluster, seem to float on a bed of feathers in a new infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Clouds of dust sweep around the stars, swaddling them in a cushiony veil. The Pleiades, located more than 400 light-years away in the Taurus constellation, are the subject of many legends and writings. Greek mythology holds that the flock of stars was transformed into celestial doves by Zeus to save them from a pursuant Orion...
Keywords: What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Taurus; What -- Constellation; What -- Orion; What -- Earth; What -- Sun; What -- Atlas; What -- Pleione; What -- ALCYONE; What -- Electra; What -- Maia; What -- Merope; What -- Taygeta; What -- Celaeno; What -- Asterope
Downloads: 25
[image]Birth of an Earth-like Planet - NASA/JPL-Caltech/ C. Lisse (Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory)
This artist's conception shows a binary-star, or two-star, system, called HD 113766, where astronomers suspect a rocky Earth-like planet is forming around one of the stars. At approximately 10 to 16 million years old, astronomers suspect this star is at just the right age for forming rocky planets. The system is located approximately 424 light-years away from Earth. The two yellow spots in the image represent the system's two stars...
Keywords: What -- Earth; What -- Mars; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- COMETS
Downloads: 12
[image]Fiery First Stars - NASA/JPL-Caltech/A. Kashlinsky (GSFC)
The top panel is an image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of stars and galaxies in the constellation Draco, covering about 50 by 100 million light-years (6 to 12 arcminutes). This is an infrared image showing wavelengths of 3.6 microns, below what the human eye can detect. The bottom panel is the resulting image after all the stars, galaxies and artifacts were masked out. The remaining background has been enhanced to reveal a glow that is not attributed to galaxies or stars...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Constellation; What -- Draco
Downloads: 18
[image]Highway of Stars - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
Like a celestial arrow spanning roughly one-third of the northern sky, this artist's concept of a newly discovered stream of ancient stars passes just over the head of the constellation Leo (on the right), before plunging through the heart of the Great Bear, or Big Dipper constellation (to the left).
Keywords: What -- Constellation; What -- Leo
Downloads: 20
[movies]Fade to Red - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This animation shows the Andromeda galaxy, first as seen in visible light by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, then as seen in infrared by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The visible-light image highlights the galaxy's population of about one trillion stars. The stars are so crammed into its core that this region blazes with bright starlight. In contrast, the false-colored Spitzer view reveals red waves of dust against a more tranquil sea of blue stars...
Keywords: What -- Andromeda; What -- Visible Light; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Constellation; What -- Beam; What -- Earth
Downloads: 184
[movies]Two Suns Raise Family of Planetary Bodies - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This artist's animation depicts a faraway solar system like our own -- except for one big difference. Planets and asteroids circle around not one, but two suns. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that such solar systems might be common in the universe. The movie begins by showing two snug, sun-like stars. It then pans out to show an Earth-like planet and a surrounding disk of asteroids and comets...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Sun; What -- Earth; What -- COMETS
Downloads: 107
[image]Cartwheel Galaxy Makes Waves - NASA/JPL-Caltech/P. N. Appleton (SSC/Caltech)
This false-color composite image shows the Cartwheel galaxy as seen by the Galaxy Evolution Explorer's Far Ultraviolet detector (blue); the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field and Planetary Camera-2 in B-band visible light (green); the Spitzer Space Telescope's Infrared Array Camera (IRAC) at 8 microns (red); and the Chandra X-ray Observatory's Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer-S array instrument (purple)...
Keywords: What -- Galaxy Evolution Explorer; What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Camera 2; What -- Visible Light; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Spectrometer; What -- GALEX; What -- Sun
Downloads: 19
[image]Lyman Spitzer, Jr. - OPO/STScI
Professor Lyman Spitzer, Jr. mountain climbing in the 1950s in the Swiss Alps above Zermatt, Switzerland. Both Professor Spitzer and his wife, Doreen, climbed the Matterhorn.
Keywords: Where -- Switzerland
Downloads: 14
[movies]Video biography of Professor Lyman Spitzer, Jr. - NASA/JPL-Caltech
Professor Lyman Spitzer, Jr. was a true Renaissance man, a perfectionist who excelled at anything he tried. This 5-minute video testifies to his life and influence.
Downloads: 35
[movies]A Distant Solar System - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This animation portrays an artist's concept of a distant hypothetical solar system, about the same age as our own. It begins close to the star, and then moves out past a number of planets. Though "extrasolar" planets are too small to be seen with telescopes, astronomers have detected more than 100 gas giants like Jupiter via their gravitational tug on their parent stars. The view pulls back to reveal the outer fringes of the system and a ring of dusty debris that circles the star...
Keywords: What -- Jupiter; What -- Visible Light; What -- Sun; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 324
[movies]Spitzer Discovers Hidden Ring - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)
This animation transitions from a visible light image of the planetary nebula called NGC 246 to Spitzer's new infrared view. The movie highlights Spitzer's ability to see the invisible; as the movie dissolves to the Spitzer image, a giant ring (red) emerges. This clumpy ring consists of material that was expelled from the aging star at the center of the nebula. Planetary nebulas are clouds of gas and dust that surround dying stars...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Sun
Downloads: 70
[movies]Carina in Context - NASA/JPL-Caltech/J. Keller (SSC)
This animation starts with an image of a larger but lower resolution image of the Carina Nebula from the Midcourse Space Experiment, which did an infrared survey of the sky while in operation from 1996-97. The image shows the dying star Eta Carinae as the bright spot near the center of the image. As the movie rotates and zooms in, the area that Spitzer studied in detail comes into focus. The "pillars" in the Spitzer image are being sculpted by ultraviolet radiation and stellar winds from the mas...
Keywords: What -- Carina; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Sun
Downloads: 43
[movies]Lifting the Cosmic Veil - NASA/JPL-Caltech
The first images from the Spitzer Space Telescope, the fourth element of NASA's Great Observatories program.
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 89
[image]Milky Way Bar - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This artist's rendering shows a view of our own Milky Way Galaxy and its central bar as it might appear if viewed from above. An arrow indicates the location of our Sun. Astronomers have concluded for many years that our galaxy harbors a stellar bar, though its presence has been inferred indirectly. Our vantage point within the disk of the galaxy makes it difficult to accurately determine the size and shape of this bar and surrounding spiral arms...
Keywords: What -- Sun; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Downloads: 74
[image]Galaxies Gather at Great Distances - NASA/JPL-Caltech/M. Brodwin (JPL)
Astronomers have discovered nearly 300 galaxy clusters and groups, including almost 100 located 8 to 10 billion light-years away, using the space-based Spitzer Space Telescope and the ground-based Mayall 4-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Tucson, Ariz. The new sample represents a six-fold increase in the number of known galaxy clusters and groups at such extreme distances, and will allow astronomers to systematically study massive galaxies two-thirds of the way back to the Bi...
Keywords: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Moon; What -- Earth; What -- Infrared Array Camera (IRAC); What -- Visible Light
Downloads: 11
[movies]Visible-Infrared Whirlpool - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC-Caltech)
This animation transitions from the more familiar visible light image of the "Whirlpool Galaxy" to the dramatic new view captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Revealed are strange structures bridging the gaps between the dust-rich spiral arms, and tracing the dust, gas and stellar populations in both the bright spiral galaxy and its companion. The visible light image comes from the Kitt Peak National Observatory 2.1m telescope, and is a four-color composite showing light from 0.4 to 0.7 mi...
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Constellation; What -- Canes Venatici; Where -- Whirlpool Galaxy; Where -- M51; Where -- NGC 5194; Where -- NGC 5195; Where -- Pierre
Downloads: 153
[movies]Blacker than Black - NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)
This artist's animation illustrates the hottest planet yet observed in the universe. The scorching ball of gas, a "hot Jupiter" called HD 149026b, is a sweltering 3,700 degrees Fahrenheit (2,040 degrees Celsius) -- about three times hotter than the rocky surface of Venus, the hottest planet in our solar system. The planet is so hot that astronomers believe it is absorbing almost all of the heat from its star, and reflecting very little to no light...
Keywords: What -- Jupiter; What -- Venus; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope; What -- Visible Light; What -- Earth; What -- Moon; What -- Sun; What -- Constellation; What -- Hercules
Downloads: 96
[movies]Journey to Orion - NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
This movie begins with a visible view of the famous Orion constellation. Superimposed on the area near Orion's sword is a visible-light picture taken by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, headquartered in Tucson, Ariz. The movie then zooms into an infrared view taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, and ends by panning across the Spitzer image.
Keywords: What -- Visible Light; What -- Orion; What -- Constellation; What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 110
[image]The Mark of a Dying Star - NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/J. Hora (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA), C.R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt University)
Six hundred and fifty light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, a dead star about the size of Earth, is refusing to fade away peacefully. In death, it is spewing out massive amounts of hot gas and intense ultraviolet radiation, creating a spectacular object called a "planetary nebula." In this false-color image, NASA's Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes have teamed up to capture the complex structure of the object, called the Helix nebula, in unprecedented detail...
Keywords: What -- Constellation; What -- Aquarius; What -- Earth; What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST); What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
Downloads: 9
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